Life lessons learned from Wooden

Coach was a better man than a basketball coach, and that's saying a lot

Updated: June 5, 2010, 3:12 PM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

To mourn the loss of John Wooden because we consider him an irreplaceable source of wisdom would be to miss the point of his 99 incredible years on this earth. Wooden's gift was to understand that greatness is all around; it's up to individuals to find it within themselves and realize it. It's not about a single source. There is knowledge to be gained from everyone. Even a pigeon.

Of all the stories Wooden shared with us, the one that stuck with me in the hours before and after his death ...

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